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To Adopt One Of These Perfect Pets,

Please Contact Castaic Animal Shelter at 661.257.3191

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Berny is a cat full of character! He loves to talk to his twolegged friends and a cuddle will do very nicely too, thank you. He’s an energetic fun loving cat who will be looking for adventure in his new home, the indoor kind of adventure of course. He loves to find a soft bed or a warm sun filled window sill and then he’ll curl up for a nice snooze, he likes to rest up after a fun filled day. Berny loves to curl up in your arms too,he purrs so softly in your ear you just don’t want to set him down. If you need an orange fun filled cat to brighten your life then come to Castaic shelter and meet Berny... be ready to give him a cuddle! A4220317

Rosie is a gentle sweet cat who is looking for her forever home. She loves to snuggle with her human friends and would love to find a human lap all of her own where she can feel warm and loved. A quiet home will suit Rosie very nicely, she doesn’t ask for much, a warm bed and plenty of cuddles will keep her very contented. If your home is lacking a sweet ginger gal come and meet Rosie! A4221749



Duchy is absolutely stunningly beautiful. A mere photo will never do her justice. Duchy is a little shy but give her a little time to warm up to you and she is a little cuddlebug. Duchy is only a baby, she’s just 6 months old, and really should be safe and warm at home, not languishing in a shelter. If you have the room and a special bed for Duchy, then race down to the shelter and adopt the most beautiful cat at the shelter. A4224413


has been at the shelter for too long,- -since the middle of October. She really needs to find her forever home. She is a sweet and gentle cat who will fit into any home. Suki is a black and white short hair, so there are no real grooming issues to worry about, she’s pretty low maintenance but would be so grateful to be given a second chance at having a family to call her own. Please come and meet Suki and see if she would be a good fit with your family. A4201118





Senor “Cute as a button”, whoever coined that phrase must have been looking at Senor, seriously have you ever seen such a cute Chihuahua? He is 6lbs of adorable wrapped up in brown, tan, and white fur!! Senor is an active little dog who loves to be with people and he loves his walks too. Senor would suit a family with older kids who would respect his small stature or he would love to be a special companion to someone on their own who could spoil this adorable little guy. A4187651

Zoey This adorable Papillon/Chihuahua mix had puppies who of course found homes very quickly, poor momma is still looking for her forever home. Zoey is a little sweetheart who is just looking for that lucky family, the one she can give all her love too. Zoey has the cutest underbite, giving her a quirky little smile, but in order for Zoey to truly smile she would love to find a new forever home. She won’t take up much room and she promises to be a good girl, come and meet the sweetest little momma and make her smile! A4210813

6 Keeping My Dog Safe 7 Moving With Kitty 8 Can Pets Sense Pregnancy? 9 When Do Puppies Lose Their Teeth? 12 Grief & The Loss Of A Pet 13 Puppy Diaries 15 Has Your Vet Seen Your Cat Lately? 16 Heartworm Disease Checklist 18 Bullmastiff 19 Awesome


Harley Life is not always fair, and sometimes it’s downright tough, poor Harley has had a tough life. You can tell he was an outside dog, he still carries the odd scar from fly strike from all those hot summers stuck out in the yard. Now he finds himself left at the shelter as an older dog. Poor Harley was scared to death when he first arrived but take the time to get to know this boy and you are rewarded with a great friend. Harley likes to cuddle in and get lots of pets, the odd butt rub goes down well too!! A wonderful boy like this has earned his bed in front of the fire in winter and to relax in the AC come the hot summer months. If you are looking for a wonderful companion who will really appreciate all the spoiling you can give him, then please come and meet Harley, the most precious gift he can receive is your time and patience, you will be rewarded ten fold. A3826667


Cats always know whether “people like or dislike them. They do not always care enough to do anything about it.

~Winifred Carriere

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.

” ~Gilda


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As we roll out the welcome mat for 2011, everyone here at Pet Me! Magazine is excited to start our second year in business. We thoroughly enjoy being able to share information with our fellow pet-lovers to improve the pet parenting experience. But we also have a soft spot for orphans. Having gotten a great sense of satisfaction from being able to facilitate the adoption of several orphaned animals through our “Awesome Adoptables” section, we are looking forward to finding homes for even more animals this year.


In this first issue, prevention is our theme. You’ll find helpful information about heartworm and how it’s affecting our dogs in L.A County. We’ve also highlighted the importance of kitty’s annual vet visit, as well as sharing the dangers of pets riding in cars. You know the saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” ? I know, I know, it’s completely cliché, but it rings true for our pets as well. Why not, schedule your pets yearly check-ups when you schedule your own? It’s a great way to keep the whole family healthy. Also, check out our newest section called, “The Pets Next Door.” Here we will feature selected pets from right here in Santa Clarita (contest details on page 5). This is just one of many other fun features we will be implementing this year. Stay tuned for many ways to have fun while interacting more with your pet and the community. As always, our magazine is geared to providing the most helpful, current information for pet owners, lovers, and advocates. Thank you for all the encouraging e-mails filled with words of gratitude. Please continue sending your input as it assists us in providing you with the information you want. Here’s to a wonderful new year!

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Do you have an adorable pet that should be featured in Pet Me! Magazine? Please submit a photo of your pet, along with their name, age and a slogan that would most describe their personality.

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Castaic Canine Camp is literally a home away from home for dogs Let’s face it, when it comes to your canine children, you want the best for them. A place where the love and attention they need and want is guaranteed. Castaic Canine Camp sits on 17 pristine acres of land adjacent Castaic Lake. Castaic Canine Camp offers boarding, daycare, training facilities, and services for all ages, breeds and sizes of canines. Castaic Canine Camp accepts furry guests for a day visit or extended stay, and offers inter-action with other dogs or separate accommodations according to your pet’s special needs...and your needs for them.

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Keeping my dog

safe while riding in the car By Terry Dayton, Ph.D, C.A.S.


oes your dog love riding around in the car with his head hanging out the window? If he’s like most dogs, the answer is a definite yes. Sure he looks pretty happy with his jowls and ears flapping in the breeze with a string of drool trailing back onto the windshield of the car behind you. Maybe his paw is even hanging onto the side of the door. Though it looks like fun, allowing your dog to ride with his head out the window can be harmful. Actually, it’s outright dangerous. I wouldn’t recommend that you ride around with your head out the window while traveling 55 miles an hour. I don’t recommend it for your dog either.

The best place for your dog “ to ride is inside your vehicle. ”

Even if your dog is the best behaved dog on the planet, it’s impossible to predict what might happen on the road. Think of things that happen to drivers everyday—sudden unforeseen stops, a car ramming right into the back of your car, or someone running a red light and clipping your side door. Though it may not do much damage to you, your dog is a different story. On too many occasions this has happened and the poor dog has flown out of the car. At the clinic we treated a dog that jumped out the window of a car moving 45 miles an hour. The window was rolled half way down and when he jumped out, he took the window

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with him. Many months and thousands of dollars later, his legs and torn tendons finally healed. He was lucky he survived. A dog’s eyes and ears are commonly damaged from hanging his head out the window. We see a lot of dogs with scratches and damage due to dust, dirt, rocks, and other flying debris kicked up by cars on the road. A dog’s ears can become tender from repeated flapping against the skull. A hematoma (the pooling of blood into the ear flaps) can then develop and cause painful swelling. Putting your dog in the bed of a moving car is also a no-no. If you think there are dangers riding inside the car, imagine what lies ahead when they’re riding outside. First, the bed of the truck can get extremely hot and damage the soft tissue on a dog’s paws. Since they are without cover, they have absolutely no protection from the wind, debris, or a possible fall. The best place for your dog to ride is inside your vehicle in a doggy seat belt. They make some wonderful car seat belts for dogs that can be purchased at your local pet store or online. Please don’t even think about letting them ride on your lap either. Some people mistakenly think they can hold onto their dog in case of an accident. Not true. If something happens, you will not be able to properly protect your dog. And dogs are like children in the sense that they can’t hold on if you need to suddenly stop. Make driving with your dog a fun but safe experience.


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Moving with kitty By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


ne of the biggest challenges cat owners face when relocating is finding a landlord who hasn’t had a bad experience with destructive or malodorous pets. But before you cross out any listing in the paper that reads “NO PETS!”, consider these tips for improving your chances of you and your feline finding a new apartment. Consider odor-reducing litter accessories. Let your potential rental manager know that your cat faithfully uses a litter box, and you dispose of your pet’s waste properly. The Litter Locker Plus tightly seals waste in a plastic liner to minimize indoor odors until you take out the trash. Pet-Clear Crystals absorb odors and actually eliminate them completely - and they work forever. Our Litter Box Bench both hides your litter box and makes a great climbing, lounging piece of furniture - its carpet covering keeps odors hidden so well you can keep it in the open. Brush your cat before the meeting to remove all loose hair. Introduce your pet to the property manager. A well-groomed, well-behaved cat makes a very good impression. Try using a Waterless Shampoo to bathe your pet before the meeting, and brush her coat with a Dual-Sided Brush to tease out snarls and tangles, and remove loose hair with the pin brush side, while the bristle side will bring out the shine of her coat. Use Ear Clens® and Dental Clens® Pads to make sure her ears and teeth are clean.

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Offer to pay a little more in security deposit or in monthly rent. Remind the landlord that it is very difficult for pet owners to find housing, and that you are committed to stay if she accepts you. This means dollars and cents to landlords, for they will be spared the cost and inconvenience of turnovers and damage.


If you give yourself plenty of time, do some homework, and adhere to the tips above, you’ll probably be successful at finding a cat-friendly apartment.

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CaSennsePPreegtsnancy? By Dr. Grewal


our pets probably don’t understand that in nine months a new baby will be joining your family. Dogs and cats detect differences in mood, posture, behavior, and body chemistry that clue them that an enormous change is happening. Your dog or cat will pick up other signs, too: Our four legged friends are masters at reading our body language, so they’ll notice when your movements start to get more and more awkward. Pets are also highly attuned to changes in your daily routine . It’s common for dogs to go on alert and become overprotective of their expecting owner from the very beginning of her pregnancy. Behaviorists have witnessed dogs growl, bark, or even block doors with their bodies to prevent other family members — even the baby’s father — from coming into the same room as the mom-to-be.

long brushing session. I advise clients to develop a plan for their pet while they’re in the hospital, just like they’d develop a birth plan. To help your dog understand that you still love him, be careful of the messages you send through your body language. Pregnant women often unconsciously place their hands over their stomachs, and dogs read this closed-arm posture as saying “I’m unavailable” or “step back.” Open-armed postures, on the other hand, send dogs the message to “come here.”

To help your dog understand that you still “ love him, be careful of the messages you send

through your body language.

Cats on the other hand are less socially involved, therefore less likely to go through these sorts of behavioral changes. Cat owners have reported a wide range of responses from uninterested to more loving and protective behaviors. But keep giving your cat attention and love during your pregnancy, as neglected cats may become more aggressive or act out by urinating where they’re not supposed to, like in your bed or laundry basket.

If you stay on top of any potential behavior problems, having pets during your pregnancy and afterward can be a wonderful thing for you and your baby. Studies have shown that spending time with a domesticated animal can improve mood, reduce depression, lower blood pressure, and even help you live longer. So enjoy!

To help prevent problem behaviors, try to stick to your prepregnancy routine as much as you can, and ask family members and friends to help when you’re not up for a run in the park or a

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When Do Puppies Lose Their Teeth?


By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


ne of the biggest challenges in raising a puppy is dealing with all of the chewing they do. It can be a bit less frustrating if you consider that for almost the first year of his life, your puppy is dealing with some big changes going on in his mouth. Dogs have two sets of teeth: 28 deciduous (baby) teeth, which will eventually be replaced by 42 permanent (adult) teeth. When a puppy is two or three weeks old, the deciduous teeth begin to erupt through the gums, starting with the incisors, followed by the canine teeth, and finally the premolars. All of the deciduous teeth should be in place by about eight weeks of age. These first teeth are small, and painfully sharp, as owners of young puppies know. This is part of the reason most mother dogs begin to wean their pups at five or six weeks of age. Losing Their Baby Teeth By eight to twelve weeks of age, the roots of the deciduous teeth are starting to resorb and the teeth begin to loosen and fall out. This makes room for the permanent teeth to erupt normally. As with the deciduous teeth, the permanent incisors are the first to come in, followed by the canine teeth, and the premolars. The last teeth to erupt in the adult set are the molars. Puppies do not have molars, which is why there are fewer deciduous teeth. In most breeds of dogs, all of the permanent teeth should be present by about eight months of age. Are the Adult Teeth Coming in Normally? Just as you should begin an at-home dental care program as soon as you get your new puppy, this is also the time we recommend you start observing his teeth to make sure they are coming in normally. Any baby teeth that don’t fall out to make way for the adult teeth are called retained deciduous teeth. Having two teeth crowded into a space meant for one can cause dental problems. Food can get caught between the teeth and cause periodontal disease. The pressure from the retained deciduous tooth can push the adult tooth into an abnormal position, where it may push against the lip or gum causing an ulcer, or prevent the upper and lower teeth from coming together properly, which may cause chewing problems. Retained deciduous teeth need to be removed surgically. Ideally, this should be done as soon as they are noticed, so that the adult tooth has the best chance of coming in normally. At the time the dog is neutered, typically around 4-6 months of age, any retained deciduous teeth should definitely be removed. @2009 Drs. Foster and Smith, Inc. Reprinted as a courtesy and with permission from (http:// Free pet supply catalog: 1-800-323-4208 (See pg. 14 of the April/May Issue for an example)

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5 days a week • 10-5pm No adoptions Sat & Tues.

Hours: Petco Monday – Thursday: Bunny Adoptions 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 7 days a week Contact Wendy: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 661-478-7360 Closed Holidays

Department of Care and Animal Control

For questions regarding foster and adoption Debbie Rosato 661-803-1842 ( Cats & Kittens) Wendy the Bunny Lady (661) 478-7360 (Bunnies for foster and adoption)


Animal Encounters Gibbons

Gibbon Conservation Center

661-943-4915 or 661-296-2737 • 19100 Esguerra, Saugus Technically an ape, these animals are smaller than a chimpanzee and do not have tails. The forty gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center live as families in outdoor enclosures on the 2.5-acre site located across the street from Lombardi Ranch on Bouquet Canyon. The gibbons will entertain you with their beautifully pitched voices and acrobatic antics. Call ahead and join a scheduled tour, or reserve a private tour. The center is always looking for volunteers, age 18 and over. Because the center is not open to the public except by appointment, please call ahead. Admission is tax deductible. Also check their website Tours page for upcoming tours.

Farm Animal Rescue The Gentle Barn

661-252-2440 15825 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country This animal rescue shelter opens its doors to the public Sundays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Teaching kindness and compassion to animals, you’ll have an opportunity to not only interact with the pigs, but to brush the horses, hug the cows, hold the chickens, hang out with a turkey, and pet the goats and sheep.

Animal Acres

5200 Escondido Canyon Acton, CA 93510 • Ph: 661-269-5404 E-mail: Web:

Rivendale Animal Sanctuary

661-268-1133 • Agua Dulce The passion of this sanctuary is to save ponies, horses and donkeys. They have also rescued other abused animals. All of the animals here are not suitable for adoption. The public is welcome to visit by appointment. Location will be provided when you call.

Animal Shelters Best boarding facilities in the SCV Canine Country Club 20341 Blue Cloud Road, Santa Clarita 661-296-0566

Castaic Canine Camp North Ridge Route Road, Castaic 661-257-0957

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Castaic Animal Shelter 31044 N Charlie Canyon Rd., Castaic 661-257-3191 Lancaster Shelter 5210 W Avenue “I,” Lancaster 661-940-4191 Kern County Animal Control 201 S. Mt. Vernon Bakersfield 661-868-7100

Remarkable Rescues

Bunnyluv 16742 Stagg Street, Suite #104 Van Nuys • 818-988 – 4488 Brittany Foundation Agua Dulce • 661-713-5240 Forgotten Angels Cat Rescue Acton • 661-273-9822 Second Chance Rescue Acton • 661-269-1041 Villalobos Rescue Center (Agua Dulce) • 310-842-8164


William S. Hart Park

Museum Information: 661-254-4584 Park Information: 661-259-0855 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall Several bison roam the hillside near the William S. Hart Museum, donated by Disney in 1962. Park the car in the lot and walk up the drive toward the mansion. They can be difficult to spot; look for the chain link fence ‘feeding area’ to your right just before you reach the mansion. They are usually there every day between 6:30-noon, and then again at 4:00 pm for feeding. Free. While there, stop in for a tour of the mansion, offered Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary. Free.

Barnyard Zoo William S. Hart Park

661-259-0855 • 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall Chickens, horses and other barnyard animals await your visit at the small zoo in William S. Hart Park, just to the right of the Big Hall. Admission is free. Open daily sunrise to 6:00 pm (summer), 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (winter).

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Snakes & Tarantulas Placerita Nature Center

661-259-7721 • 19152 Placerita Canyon Rd., Newhall Get up close and personal with some of the scariest insects and reptiles from our area. Saturdays at 1:00 PM the Placerita Nature Center staff bring out these creatures to give you an opportunity to touch them. The Junior Ranger program for kids 6-12 takes place the last Sunday of the month from 2-4 in the afternoon all year long. The Nature Center is open every day, 9-5. Free.

Birds of Prey

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area

661-268-0840 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce On the first Sunday of every winter month, the rangers at Vasquez Rocks bring folks closer to the magnificent birds in our area. Check the link above at our Calendar of Events for exact times, but do note that programs are cancelled due to inclement weather. (It can be beautiful here in the Santa Clarita Valley and quite nasty at Vasquez Rocks, and vice versa, so call the park to confirm the presentation.)


Green Landscape Nursery

These brightly colored parrots can sometimes be heard throughout Green Landscape Nursery. It’s located at the corner of San Fernando Road & Cinema Drive. Head past the main building into the shaded area on your right, toward the giant steel cages. But watch your fingers! Note: At any given time, there are about a dozen Morning Dove nests and 30 or more hummingbirds scattered throughout the nursery-including the very beautiful Costa. The cheerful staff is more than happy to point you in the direction of the living creatures on the property. This is also one of the very best sources for quality plants and expert info on what will grow in your yard here in the SCV.

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Older dogs can focus well because they’ve mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly.


Older dogs have learned what “no” means. If they hadn’t learned it, they wouldn’t have gotten to be “older” dogs.

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Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won’t chew your shoes and furniture.

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Older dogs settle in easily, because they’ve learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack.


Shelter Volunteering

Older dogs are good at giving love once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they’ve been given.


What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first.

Castaic Animal Shelter Call Debbie Rosato 661-803-1842


Older dogs are instant companions, ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do.

Horse Sanctuaries


Animal Safe Haven Foundation

661-268-1879 • Agua Dulce Horses, livestock, cats and dogs reside in this sanctuary for senior animals who’s owners can no longer care for them. Visitors are welcome Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Location will be provided upon calling.

Exotic Animal Encounters

Hollywood Animals Exotic Animal Training School

323-665-9500 Get up close to animal actors during a one day seminar, or ride an elephant during a private animal encounter.

Please note that while many of these rescues and sanctuaries do not charge an admission, most are run by volunteers with very little funding-if any. They all appreciate your donations, and many seek volunteers to love and work with the animals. Also, many are located at personal residences, so please call ahead as requested.

Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don’t make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do.

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Full Service Real Estate Group 27943 Seco Canyon Rd. #518 Santa Clarita, CA 91350 661-255-9979


Older dogs let you get a good night’s sleep because they’re accustomed to human schedules and don’t generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.


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Grief & the Loss of a Pet By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


rief upon the loss of a pet is a normal response, and a very individual one. For some people, grieving for a pet who has died may be an even more difficult process than grieving for a human loved one. One reason is that the support network of understanding and caring people may be smaller. If a person has lost a human loved one, the friends, family, co-workers, etc., will all be understanding. They may send cards, flowers, and offer food and companionship. This is often not the case when a pet dies. The death of a pet is difficult enough to bear; in some cases, the whereabouts or cause of death of the pet is unknown. The pet may have run away or been stolen, or, the owner may have needed to surrender the pet to a humane shelter. In these situations, there is seldom any ‘closure.’ The owner does not know when or if the pet has died, or if lost, whether the pet will ever come back. As a result, when to stop searching and when to start the grieving process are unsure. There may also be additional guilt associated with this type of loss. Doing something positive during this time of sadness may help the grieving process by celebrating the life of the pet. Activities which may help include: • Planting flowers or a tree in memory of the pet • Making a charitable donation or volunteering your time at a local shelter • Holding a funeral or memorial service (you may want to personalize a monument or memorial urn as a tribute to your devoted pet.) • Placing your pet’s nametag on your key ring • Creating a memorial photo album or scrap book • Framing a photograph

Should I get another pet?

When or if you should get another pet varies with the individual and the choice is a personal one. Some people may want to find a new pet almost immediately. Sometimes, they may have unrealistic expectations of the new pet, especially if they are getting a young, rambunctious animal after an older, mature one has died. Others need longer to work through their grief before they are physically and emotionally ready for another pet. In either case, we all know you are not replacing your pet, but finding another animal with whom you can share life. Some people may find it is just not possible for them to have another pet. You need to do what is right for you. In general, you should give children some time before getting another pet. Getting a pet too soon may cause the child to feel guilty or disloyal, and they may have difficulty bonding to the new pet. The child may also think that if something happened to them, they would soon be forgotten and a substitute would be found. They need to understand that friendships cannot immediately be replaced.

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People who have a pet who has died need to talk to someone. Often, family members and friends are very supportive, but in some instances, they may not understand how important your pet was to you. It is important to find someone who does understand.


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Puppy Diaries:


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly One girl’s journey into puppy parenting By Shayna Barraza


fter our long trip, we learned that Tobi was prone to carsickness; prior to the trip we didn’t even realize animals could get carsick. Really, how fair is that? As a long-time veteran of carsickness, I had total empathy for my poor little puppy. I mean I can just imagine how it happened. Tobi was just lying in her crate enjoying the ride, when all of a sudden she started feeling really warm. But, being a dog, she couldn’t just roll down the window for some fresh air. So she closed her eyes to try and rest and she got the spins. Round and round she went until she opened her eyes just to find that the walls were caving in. Then without warning, the floodgates of Niagara Falls opened up. I don’t think I need to describe what happened next. Anyway, when we got home and found her in desperate need of a bath, I felt so guilty that she rode all the way home in such a mess and I wasn’t able to help her. Poor girl, she didn’t even make a sound.

With our vacation over, it was back to the daily grind of work, paying bills, running kids here and there, and training a puppy. By then, Tobi was getting used to sleeping in her crate. She would still whine when I put her in there of course, but not nearly as much as she did those first few nights. With her sleeping routine in order, the next thing on the list was potty training. For all of you parents out there, you know how tedious potty training can be. And if you’re a new puppy owner, you may find yourself asking why…why…why am I doing this for a DOG? As a new member of the dog world, I had that same thought many times. It was time consuming and frustrating enough potty training two children and now I had to do it for our pet as well? There was something wrong with that picture. But after several accidents in the house, I decided potty training was a must. continues on page 14

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Always give generously. A small bird or rodent left on the bed tells them, I care. Climb your way to the top. That’s why the drapes are there. Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours. Find your place in the sun. Especially if it happens to be on that nice pile of warm, clean laundry. If you’re not receiving enough attention, try knocking over several expensive antique lamps. Life is hard, then you nap. Make your mark in the world. Or at least spray in each corner. Never sleep alone when you can sleep on someone’s face. Variety is the spice of life. One day ignore people, the next day annoy them. When eating out, think nothing of sending back your meal twenty or thirty times. When in doubt, cop an attitude.

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At the library I found some great books on training puppies. Though I do love to read, many of these books were too in-depth for me. I wasn’t interested in the psychology behind pet behavior; rather I wanted straightforward, tried and true ways to teach my puppy to potty outside. I took home a stack of books, but in the end the shortest, simplest book proved to be all that I needed. Following the author’s directions, we kept Tobi in her crate at all times. She only came out to eat, go to the bathroom, and have 20 minutes of supervised playtime. It was a very strict schedule and we kept to it for the first few days. It was tough. Tobi would be lying in her crate all day while we were hanging out around the house. It took a lot of willpower to keep her in there as she begged to come out. We were making progress though and I was glad that she would soon be potty trained and there wouldn’t be anymore accidents. And I learned that it was possible to teach your dog to pee on command. Really! You just say the command every time your dog does his business and before long they do it at your say-so. (Talking with a few of my friends who weren’t implementing the same potty regimen as we were, I learned that sometimes their dogs would have to walk around for 20 minutes or more before they would finally go.) If you’re in the pottytraining stage, don’t underestimate the convenience of having your dog go to the bathroom on command—just do it. Shayna Barraza is a freelance writer based in Santa Clarita. You can contact her at


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Has your vet seen your cat lately?

By The Cat Doctor & Friends


t’s an interesting phenomenon. Cats are now our nation’s most popular pet but dogs visit their veterinarian three times as often! Many cats go several years between veterinary visits, only coming in when “something’s wrong”. It’s true that dogs seem to get into more trouble, getting into the garbage or tunneling under their backyard fence. Dogs seem to attract foxtails and get more ear infections. Out door cats are more prone to abscesses and trauma, but what about cats who stay strictly indoors? Why would they need to go to the vet? While indoor cats are much less likely to acquire a viral infection or get an abscess, there are still important reasons why they should be seen yearly by your veterinarian. Even if your cat lives alone, you can track in certain viruses on your shoes, especially deadly feline panleukopenia virus. Vaccines are important, even for indoor cats, although they will need fewer vaccines than a cat who goes outdoors.

age very gracefully with a little “Catshelpcanfrom their veterinarian. ”

The biggest problem I see in cats who don’t come to see me regularly is neglected dental disease. Imagine if you never brush your teeth and went to the dentist every five years! Abscessed teeth or teeth with feline odontoclastic resorptive lesions (FORLs) can be very painful. Cat’s have a multitude of different bacteria in their mouths which can travel into their bloodstream, affecting their heart, liver or kidneys. As veterinarians, we really dislike to extract teeth that could have been saved with simple dental care. Many older cats, who are “slowing down” may be suffering from dental disease or a sneaky kidney infection, both of which are very treatable. It’s not always just old age. Cats can age very gracefully with a little help from their veterinarian. Even if the problem is arthritis or a bad back, there are safe medications to help make your cat comfortable. Some owners are worried about stressing their cat with the trip to the vet. Talk to you veterinarian about ways to minimize the stress, such as

going straight into an exam room, rather than waiting in the dog-filled lobby. There are pheromone sprays, which you can use to spray your carrier and car, which may calm your cat. There are herbal “tranquilizers” (check with your veterinarian first) or in extreme cases, prescription tranquilizers that can make the trip less scary for your cat. Leaving your cat carrier in the house year round where he can curl up in it with one of your t-shirts now and then, goes a long way to making the trip easier for your cat. Please give your cat the same good veterinary care your dog gets; they both deserve it.

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Heartworm Disease Checklist By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


eartworm is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The immature larval stage of the worm enters the dog’s skin and then the bloodstream through the bite wound of the mosquito. In a few months, the juvenile worms migrate through the bloodstream to the right side of the heart, to grow into adult worms. Female worms produce offspring called “microfilariae,” which grow and lodge in the heart and large blood vessels going from the heart to the lungs. If untreated, a heartworm-infected dog will usually die of heart failure. In dogs, the first outward signs of heartworm disease may not be apparent until a year after infection.

The American Heartworm Society “recommends giving the preventive

Check the box beside each statement if it is true. ■

Has skipped a month or more of heartworm protection

Is experiencing a soft cough

Seems fatigued

Is reluctant to exercise

Tires easily after exercise

Sometimes owners, during the course of their pets’ exam, forget to tell the veterinarian relevant information about their pets. Here is a useful checklist to take with you to your next veterinary appointment if you are concerned about the possibility of heartworm disease in your dog.

Has difficulty breathing

Has a decreased appetite

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Is losing weight for no apparent reason

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Many dog owners give their dogs a heartworm preventive so they don’t have to worry about their dogs acquiring heartworm disease. Monthly heartworm preventives interfere with the development of the immature heartworm and prevent it from maturing into an adult. The American Heartworm Society recommends giving the preventive year round. Some pet owners, either do not give a preventive or forget to give it in a timely manner.

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Bullmastiff By Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff


riginally bred to protect game and discourage poachers on English estates, the Bullmastiff’s heritage belies the fact that he is now a family dog. The foundation for this noble breed was 60% Mastiff and 40% Bulldog, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). Power and agility are inherent along with alertness and a mild suspicion of strangers. A Bullmastiff is not for a timid owner. The Bullmastiff is unsuitable as an outside dog. The affection of a lap dog is combined with his weight and strength. Any owner must be prepared to provide obedience training mixed with a lot of kindness. Although the exact dates of this breed’s origins are not known, literature mentions a combination of a Bulldog and a Mastiff that was known as the “Strong-Bulldog.” Breeders have been exceedingly careful to select particular mental and physical characteristics. Today’s Bullmastiff has little in common with his original Bulldog or Mastiff ancestors.

acts F d e e r B g in t s e r e Int Acceptable colors are red, fawn, or brindle. An immediate Popularity: 39th in 2008; with 3,447 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). First recognized as a breed: The Bullmastiff was fully recognized by Great Britain’s Kennel Club in 1927 and by the AKC in 1935. AKC Grouping: Working. Size: Height at the shoulder: males: 25”-27”, females: 24”26”. Weight ranges from 110-130 lbs for males and 100-120 lbs for females. Appearance: An immediate impression of a Bullmastiff is that of a smooth and powerful dog. An intelligent and alert expression emanates from dark, medium-sized eyes set in a square-appearing skull. Face is darker in color than the rest of the body. Broad, deep muzzle has level or undershot teeth. Ears are v-shaped. Coat is short and dense.

impression of a Bullmastiff is that of a smooth and powerful dog. #1 preventable health problem: Bullmastiffs may become obese if not fed and exercised properly. This may lead to arthritis later in life. Make sure you feed your Bullmastiff a healthy diet and follow a regular exercise program. Preferences: An excellent companion, the Bullmastiff prefers being with his family. Best features: The Bullmastiff is fearless and confident, yet devoted and willing to please. Biggest challenge to owners: A strong alpha owner and a good obedience program are essential for living together happily. The Bullmastiff is a large breed and this needs to be taken into consideration.

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